The Fruitdale School, 10801 W. 44th Ave., was designed in 1926, and completed 1927. It was designed by prominent Denver architect Temple H. Buell to replace the 1883 school building that burned down in 1926.
Buell designed Fruitdale, he was just starting his career. Fruitdale is the oldest remaining school structure designed by Buell, according to Wheat Ridge city officials.
The school faced possible demolition in the 1970’s after the elementary closed. The building has been used as an adult education center, and later for preschool language development.
The Wheat Ridge Housing Authority bought the property in 2011 after years of neglect. The building was added to National Register of Historic Places in 2013.
Wheat Ridge leaders had a chance to see the progress made on turning the historic Fruitdale School into Fruitdale School Lofts on March 9.
Mayor Joyce Jay was joined by Jim Hartman, manager Hartman Ely Investments LLC, which is developing the project.
The homes will be kept affordable, in large part because of the reliance on a solar panel garden that will be established in the school's backyard, according to Hartman.